Knock, Knock: black skinny jeans, leopard coat, hidden-wedge booties, and a beret

Well, well, well – look who’s finally decided to jump on the beret bandwagon!! 😁

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed black skinny jeans, leopard-patterned coat, hidden-wedge booties, beaded beret

My regular visitors will probably have figured out by now that I maybe enjoy wearing hats just a little!! 😉   But the beret is one iteration that hasn’t been on my personal style radar at all; it’s always seemed kind of “pretentious” to me.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - leopard-patterned coat, beaded beret, cat-eye sunglasses, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed black skinny jeans, leopard-patterned coat, hidden-wedge booties, beaded beret

Obviously, I still haven’t quite learned that “you don’t knock what you haven’t tried”!!  This bead-embellished beret is super cute…and a perfect switch-up from my go-to fedoras and baker boy cap.  I will point out that I’ve pulled the beret down a bit to cover the tops of my ears; I’m still not a fan of them worn “pancake-style” on top of the head.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - leopard-patterned coat, beaded beret, cat-eye sunglasses, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed black skinny jeans, leopard-patterned coat, hidden-wedge booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - leopard-patterned coat, beaded beret, cat-eye sunglasses

And my leopard coat is new but not; I snagged it at H&M way back during their spring clearance for about $40!!  I’ve seen it available again for fall…but if you buy it now, I’m afraid you’ll probably be paying full price.  There’s definitely something to be said for off-season purchases of pieces you love, even though it might be a while before you get to wear them!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed black skinny jeans, leopard-patterned coat, hidden-wedge booties, beaded beret

P.S. Did you notice??  As I predicted, I couldn’t resist pairing my hidden-wedge booties from last week with this skinny jeans look today…and I think I like them even more than I did with my skirt!!  What’s your verdict?? 

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5 Comments

  1. October 23, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Just recently found your site (can't even remember where now!) and subscribed. I got that same coat on clearance last spring, and have been wearing it like crazy! Love it!

    • October 24, 2017 / 4:07 am

      It's really nice to "meet" you, dear Charlotte!! Thank you SO much for becoming a member of the StyleIsMyPudding community…I'm really tickled to have the opportunity to share my outfit adventures with you on the regular!! P.S. The silver lining to autumn is definitely this leopard-patterned coat!! What a cool coincidence that you grabbed yours during H&M's spring clearance sale, too; hooray for thinking ahead!! 😉

  2. October 24, 2017 / 10:10 am

    I love your leopard coat, Monika! It's awesome! I love the beret too! XXX

  3. October 25, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Very sassy coat! I love your beret too. I have always liked berets, but definitely don't feel the sort of stereotypical Frenchman look is flattering or practical for everyone (although I did take a photo of myself in Paris once wearing such a beret because how could one resist?) I often have trouble finding a good mid-weight coat for this time of year. I often rely on a trench (not warm enough on chilly mornings) or a car coat (too warm on sunny afternoons)or a barn jacket (too casual for work). I need this coat in my life. Perhaps I'll find one in winter and have it for the chilly spring.

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